|International Lifesaving Sport|
The United States Lifesaving Association was founded in 1964 as a result of lessons learned by a team of lifeguards who visited Australia to compete in an international event. Since that time, the USLA has benefited greatly from the exchange of information, ideas, and camaraderie that develop from international competition. Lifesaving internationally is strengthened by these events.
Lifesaving sport was created primarily to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of events to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness, and motivation.
The premier international lifesaving event is the World Championships, also known as the Rescue series, hosted by the International Life Saving Federation at different locations throughout the world every two years. The World Games also includes lifesaving competition every four years. And various national associations including the USLA conduct additional international events.
For the World Championships, each national association is invited to send a national team and has the option to send a youth team to represent their nation. USLA members are welcome to apply as members of this team, as well as to compete in other events.